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My cat, Kipsy, has my respect. In fact, most cats have my respect. We can learn a lot from the feline world to help us become better leaders. Here are some of the leadership skills I learned from my cat: 1.Clear boundaries There are certain times I can interact with my cat and times when I can’t. These moments are completely determined by her.  If she is receptive to cuddles or petting, she purrs and rubs her face against my ankles to signify it is okay to touch her.  If it is

VNC is offering another set of leadership workshops in February.  This series is offered at the beautiful Chateau la Motte on Vansittart Ave. in Woodstock, ON.  I had the privilege of meeting with the Guest House’s owner, Alida Joubert before Christmas and she gave me a tour of the magnificent facility.  Facilitating leadership in such a breath-taking setting is very exciting! I am also thrilled to announce that I will be appearing on the Lainger & Shelby show Monday morning (January 16) to discuss my workshops and offerings.  Make sure you tune

When you see someone you know approaching, do you say “hello” first?  Or do you wait for him/her to initiate the salutation?  If you walk into a busy store and spot someone you knew in high school, do you pretend not to see them? Or do you act surprised when they greet you?  If you said yes to either of these statements then I challenge you to consider breaking out of that comfort zone.  Start saying “hello” first. Here’s why: Confidence Even if you do not feel confident, being the first to say

Comparing my young life to that of my 11 year-old son, Ethan’s,  I am struck by the parallelisms between the two.  After finishing grade 3, my family had moved.  Permanently changing schools gave me the fear and the excitement of leaving behind the familiar and journeying into the unknown at such a young age. Likewise, at the end of Ethan’s grade 3 year, we moved.  He too, had to adapt to life in a new school. When I changed schools, I went to a school that was so new, it was only

Life, Lessons, Leadership I keep a journal (several actually) where I record thoughts, ideas, memories and dreams. On one page, I jot down lessons that have been key to keeping me centred and grounded. Here are three lessons that I want to pass on to future generations of leaders: Keep your chin up I don’t mean this in the proverbial way of getting through tough times (although that is great advice too). I mean it literally. When walking or sitting, look up. Show people your eyes, look at the world,

In gaining momentum in my career, I have learned a thing or two about people, behaviour and leaders .  I’m no expert by any means, but I have found certain phrases or attitudes that people in leadership roles, never say or use.  Do any of these ring true for you?: I told you so. No one wants to be reminded that they are wrong.  A good leader understands the person who made the mistake will have learned from it and will move on without saying anything. If I need you to know, I will tell

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